You are a 16-year-old boy in the 18th Century. You well-to-do parents have convinced your cousin, James Cook, to take you on his ship as a cabin boy. Cooks mission is to plot the course of the planet Venus in the skies of Tahiti. He’s also looking for a new continent. It sounds pretty exciting, doesn’t it? You will spend three years living on this ship. You will eat biscuits filled with worms, watch 41 of your shipmates die of disease and be attacked by islanders. By the end of this voyage you may have decided that, given the opportunity again, You Wouldn’t Want to Travel With Captain Cook!
Madeleine Verchere’s story is based on a true account of colonial French Canada of the 1690’s. Harassed by Iroquois, the Verchere family’s fort must keep a continual guard. 14-year-old Madeleine is left alone with two younger brothers and few others when the Indians attack. We follow the brave and determined stratagems of Madeleine and her small circle. Madeleine’s youthful leadership, especially of her brothers, will win the reader’s admiration.
In Race Against Time, Danny and Dixie Fortune are thrust back to the time of the American Revolution, still looking for their missing father. So close to finding him before, they are sure they will succeed this time. They encounter George Washington again at Valley Forge, where the Continental Army is at its lowest point. There, the twins meet Lafayette, Baron Von Struben, and other heroes of the tiny army — and are awed at the sacrifice Washington and his army make for the cause of freedom. But have they come so far in their search only to fail again?t
Danny and Dixie Fortune are frantic when their father, James, disappears without a trace. The police investigation is at a dead end, and the twins are ready to do almost anything to help!. The adventure leads them to the 1700’s via a time machine and a trip on the Mayflower before they find some answers.
Dark allegory describes the narrator’s journey up the Congo River and his meeting with, and fascination by, Mr. Kurtz, a mysterious personage who dominates the unruly inhabitants of the region. Masterly blend of adventure, character development, psychological penetration. Considered by many Conrad’s finest, most enigmatic story.